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The Thirteenth Year

June Crown Tourney
June 24-25, 1978

From The Page (June, 1978):

The Lists to determine the next King of the West will take place at Big Trees Campground of Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, CA. Setup will begin on Friday night, June 23. The full schedule will be announced at the site.

The Grand March is planned for 10:30 AM on Saturday, with First Court occurring at 11:00. It is hoped that the Crown Lists (which will be double-elimination) will begin at 12:00 noon.

In addition to the above schedule, the following events will occur at some time during the weekend:

- SEVERAL ARCHERY COMPETITIONS -- including a walk-through archery contests, shooting at various monsters, as was done last year.

On Sunday, there will be dancing on the field between challenge matches. HER MAJESTY WILL EXPECT TO SEE all of Her Guard, and all those aspiring to knighthood, participating in the dancing. She also invites other demonstrations of the gentle arts.

THOSE BRINGING MOTOR HOMES to the site MUST notify the Constabulary at least one week in advance (more details on motor homes, and Directions, omitted).

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at Big Trees Camp, Redwood Regional Park, Oakland, California. First court began at 11:00 am in the sunny clear morning. The Grand March was held, followed by various announcements. The Royal Brownie Maker presented Their Majesties with brownies (Phillip the Fierce). Maythen of Elfhaven (Maythen Gervaise) presented the prizes for two of the contests from the Mists’ Warlord Tourney in May -- Nicholas Worthington won for Musical Armor (a helm) and April of the Dales won for Athelbrose. The Shastan Mercenaries presented a “Mary-Go-Round”, consisting of Lady Mary of Uffington holding a parasol and turning around while the other mercenaries went around in the other direction bobbing like a merry-go-round’s wooden horses. The Barony of the Western Seas sent a contingent who presented Their Majesties with a scroll. Queen Bevin in turn presented them each with a ribbon of her colors. Mistress Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix) presented Their Majesties with an “old map” sent by Master John ap Griffin and Mistress Bjo ap Griffin from their recent travels to the Western Seas, and putting in Caid’s claim to the islands (Hawaii). Manfred Eiffenblau, Champion of An Tir, then presented Prince Steingrim’s claim to the islands. (This feud over the possession of the islands was to rage all through the event.) His Majesty took both petitions for consideration.

Random House presented a silver tray with a box filled with quarters, chocolate chip cookies (in quarters) and quarter sections of fruit. Yulseth of Darkwood gave His Majesty a Nine Man Morris set consisting of painted miniatures. Earl Kevin Peregrynne presented Their Majesties with copies of his newly printed Fighter’s Handbook. Lord Brian Dritar an Con presented His Majesty with a medium scale painted fighter figure of His Majesty. Diana of the Isles presented short bread. Then some scrolls were passed out, to the oohs and ahhs of the populace. King Gregory gave Awards of Arms to Alan Silverbear, Linda of Collinswood, Simon de Spaldyng, and William of Welcnmer. Then he admitted Taylor of Lochaber to the Order of the Leaf of Merit and gave Grants of Arms to Lewis the Landless and Varavara the Fair. Queen Bevin admitted Alison of Hoghton and Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst to the Queen’s Order of Grace. King Gregory formally recognized the Lists Pages as a group under the College of Heralds. Markus of Shasta was called up and invested as Protector of the Royal Wards (Wardlord). Then court broke for the various activities of the day.

After a Grand Melee the double elimination Crown Lists were held, with Sir William the Lucky and Duke James Greyhelm reaching the finals. Duke James was the victor, fighting for his lady, Duchess Verena of Laurelin. During this time, the last of the Arts Championship contests were taking place and the ladies of the kingdom gathered to vote on the Philanderer of the Year. At afternoon court Duke James and Duchess Verena were crowned as Crown Prince and Princess of the West and Prince and Princess of the Mists. The winning and losing fighter poems were read, and Duke William of Hoghton, Earl Marshall, thanked the Caid Marshalls for their assistance, and in particular Duke Aonghais dubh MacTarbh for acting as chief marshall. Master Douglas Brownbeard, Sir William Gordon of York, and Lord Simon de Spaldyng sang a song to the three Warlords of the Mists, entitled “We Be Warlords Three”. Queen Bevin announced the Philanderer of the Year to be Prince James Greyhelm, proclaiming him the best neck-nuzzler in the kingdom. She admitted Radnor of Guildemar to the Queen’s Guard. Lady Galina de Keri presented the prize for the recent Order of Arachne’s Web lace contest to Deporodh of Rannoch, and transferred the office of head of the Order to Deporodh, as Galina is moving to the East. Deporodh then produced a scroll signed by the rest of the members of the Order conferring upon Galina the Silver Spider Award. Meriweather of the Four Winds medieval music trio presented a piece she had written. The members of the Order of the Laurel were called up and Douglas Brownbeard of Hvitamyrr and Brian Dritar an Con were admitted. The Warlords of the Mists announced the Crusade to rescue Their Majesties from the evil clutches of Caid (sic) would take place at the Cambria site. Then court broke for the night. The arts contests resumed and a bardic circle was held.

Morning court began with presentations. Mistress Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix) called up Dukes Andrew of Riga and Henrik of Havn and presented them with T-shirts bearing the inscription in diffraction grating letters: “DISCO DUKE.” House Footloose presented Her Majesty with the Order of the Wayward Penguin, for her travels, the symbol being a stuffed penguin doll with a pilgrim’s staff. Manfred Eiffenblau remembered some more reasons for Prince Steingrim’s claim to Hawaii. Grün der Spitzenklöppler (Juana Isabella de Montoya de Rodriguez) presented baklava. Jared Blaydeaux presented to Burger King iron-on transfers. The Barony of the Western Seas replied to An Tir and Caid. The Order of the Wooden Spoon contest for meat pies was won by April of the Dales. Queen Bevin admitted Duke Henrik of Havn to the Queen’s Order of Grace. The members of the Order of the Pelican were called up and Rodrigo de Cerdaña was admitted. Then the belted fighters came forward and Seamus Peacemaker was knighted. Court broke for the afternoon.

A King’s Champion Lists was held, along with the last of the Arts contests and an archery contest. Sir William the Lucky won the lists, fighting as McAdenoid of Clan Kidney, a new clan formed at the tourney. At closing court King Gregory proclaimed him his champion. Ragnar of the Icy Wastes was awarded the Muckin’ Great Clubbe, which Aarond the Grey had left at home. Dierdrianna of the Misty Isles and Llerret de Grenada called forth Aarond to retrieve his “son” Kermit the Grey (a green frog doll) whom Dierdrianna had found “naked and abandoned” at the recent Allyshia event and had clothed in an “Aarond the Grey suit.” Aarond accused her of kidnaping and grabbed back his son. Mistress Rima of Rockridge sang a song composed on the spot in honor of Sir William the Lucky’s chivalry in dropping his shield the previous day when Duke James had lost his sword arm, thereby losing the crown when James won. The Royal Archer, Sir Jon Fitz-Rolf, announced the winner of the Bowman’s Class in the Archery Contest to be Earl Kevin Peregrynne, followed by Master Rodrigo de Cerdaña and Orisin. The winners of the contest at the May coronation were Orisin, Rodrigo, and Kevin. The winers of the Archer’s Class for this tourney were Christopher of Hoghton followed by Core. Lady Kriemhild of Stonecroft, Mistress of Arts, announced the winners of the Arts Championship: Music Composition - Merriweather of Four Winds, Poetry - Morrigan Starcloak, Sculpture - Jay Witcher, Calligraphy - Merewyn de Lyonesse and Jocelyn FitzHugh of Gillyflower, Illumination - Jocelyn FitzHugh of Gillyflower, Costuming - Louise of Woodsholme, Fine Needlework - Merewyn de Lyonesse, Brewing - Gisele-Hildegaard of the Mystic Dragon and Louise of Woodsholme, Cooking - Giesele-Hildegaard of the Mystic Dragon, Woodworking - Jay Witcher, Metalworking - Morgana, Dancing - Merewyn de Lyonesse, Musical Performance - Simon de Spaldyng, Jesting - Giesele-Hildegaard of the Mystic Dragon, Singing - Douglas Brownbeard of Hvitamyrr and Aarond the Grey, and Dramatic Performance - Victor. The Fine Arts Champion was Deporodh of Rannoch. The Technical Arts Champion was Giesele-Hildegaard of the Mystic Dragon. The Performing Arts Champion was Renfield Wanderscribe (Edmund Renfield Wanderscribe). The Grand Arts Champion was Baroness Merewyn de Lyonesse. Their Highnesses, Prince James and Princess Verena, called up the members of House Lichtern, who had earlier performed a marvelous little play, and called for a Royal Command Performance a their coronation. Court ended. Challenges ensued, complete with the twin brother of King Gregory, and dancing recommenced. A revel followed at the home of Shirin of the Moors, in Berkeley.

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[After a Grand Melee the double elimination Crown Lists were held, with Sir William the Lucky and Duke James Greyhelm reaching the finals.] “Thus (briefly) regaining a tie with Steve for the most times in the finals without actually winning.” – William the Lucky

“So how many times was this in the finals without winning? Did you or Steven eventually prevail in this hard fought competition, and what was the final total? Does this record still stand, or has a younger fighter had the impertinence to break this record? “ – Robear du Bois
“I believe my record still stands. I've been in the finals a total of seven times without winning and once when I won. With some thought, I think my problem has always been focus.” – Steven MacEanruig
“After Caid became a Kingdom, Duke Jason set a record which might still stand, coming in second in six consecutive Crown Tourneys. After the sixth time, I told him, in jest, that he always finished second because he wore black. Bad guys wear black, and while they always make it to the end of the movie, they always lose in the end. Jason said nothing, but on the day of the next Crown Tourney, he appeared wearing blue and white, and fighting with a blue and white shield. In the finals he defeated Sir Guy de Coldrake, who was wearing black and white. I regret that this fine tradition, of the man in black losing in the finals, has not been carried on in Caid.” – Robear du Bois
“And when Jason finally won, it inspired Robear to create a full blown operetta, which should be preserved in at least the Caiden continuation of the history. I happen to still have a copy.” – Martin the Temperate
“I thought Jason was going to catch up with me at one time, but he faltered in the home stretch.” – Steven MacEanruig
[The Barony of the Western Seas sent a contingent who presented Their Majesties with a scroll. Queen Bevin in turn presented them each with a ribbon of her colors.] “Serious case of fresh off the back of the pineapple truck in the big city stuff going on here this weekend. The Hawaiians spent the best part of the event standing in the middle of the intersection wondering what all the honking was about. Gregory and Bevin were the (and remain in rare company in my mind, certainly) quintessential image of the power and legitimacy of the Western monarchy. I remember our baron, Sanjuro, gently cajoled us into accompanying him into court with the loving promise of not beating us silly otherwise (Sanjuro was old school Shoto-kan Karate, a real motivator indeed!) The ribbon was one of the Sterling Tartan, I believe.
     [(This feud over the possession of the islands was to rage all through the event.) His Majesty took both petitions for consideration.] “The Barony was founded by a Marine Lawyer who was transferred in the mid 70's from the mid-west (Middle Kingdom, Lewis the Landless). As far as we were concerned we were Westerners. So was CAID for that matter (There was a difference? ... we were waayyy out of the loop on kingdom politics). So was An Tir, though in truth, we were sketchy on that one (in the crown lists, my second round fight was with "Manfred, Champion of An Tir"... I asked a local where An Tir was and how big- to get some idea of this guy's mojo- and was sufficiently intimidated when the fellow told me it was "Bigger than CAID") Sanjuro's comment to us was if they wanted it they should come to the barony and fight us for it. Sanjuro was big on approaching a lot of dilemmas from this angle. We loved the attention.
     [Their Majesties with copies of his newly printed Fighter's Handbook.] “This was promptly purchased for the Barony's devourment (it had that thing called a "wrap"!?)
     [She admitted Radnor of Guildemar to the Queen’s Guard.] “In a melee between rounds (I don't remember it being the Grand Melee mentioned) I ended up being the last alive on my side against several (4-5?) on the other. My fear inspired technique of running backwards faster than my opponents' approach, all the while throwing quick snaps (well, us Hawaiians called them snaps) to the head and occasionally legging or killing kept me alive two or three times around the field before I was killed. This, and perhaps killing Manfred (who was NOT happy about it, macing me a good one in the face as he finished his teetering death) caught the eye of the Crown. Before evening court I ran in to Gregory who was washing up behind a pavilion and to my eyes unrecognizable as the king I had seen earlier. He graciously commented, "You're a pretty good fighter", I responded, "Thanks... do you fight?" to which he replied "Now and then". It only struck me as I left the encounter who I had been speaking with and was busily telling my islands comrades of my faux pas when my name was called to come to court (it sounded like my name ... took 'em a couple of years to get Guildemar right). We were all convinced I had brought shame to our Barony and was about to pay the piper. Sanjuro told me to get out there right away and not make it worse. Kneeling at Bevins' feet, wondering what the Queens' Guard was, (it didn't SOUND like a punishment!) my response to the herald's question of acceptance was a bewildered "I Do". Gregory, drolly informed me, "Lad, you're not marrying her". Knowing Bevin, you can imagine my disappointment.
     [Manfred Eiffenblau remembered some more reasons for Prince Steingrim’s claim to Hawaii.] “He had spent some time living on the islands. We later made him an honorary Hawaiian and charter member of Clan O'Ahu.
     [Challenges ensued, complete with the twin brother of King Gregory.] “Wow, what a swordsman. If ever there is a pantheon erected to the finest, Gregory should have a special place ...” – Radnor of Guildemar

[The Warlords of the Mists announced the Crusade to rescue Their Majesties from the evil clutches of Caid (sic) would take place at the Cambria site.] “Cambria Junior High, to be specific. War bonds were sold to finance this glorious enterprise, which was to be known as the Crusade of the Leaf.
     [The winners of the contest at the May coronation were Orisin, Rodrigo, and Kevin.] “I dread the answer, but this wasn't the one and only infamous Orisin of the Golden Sword? The person who could easily be voted Most Annoying and Hard To Be Rid Of in the SCA? I remember one time when Duchess Carole, Dierdriana of the Misty Isles, and I *all* swore we had spent all day of the same tourney trying to shake off his attentions. Either he'd cloned himself, or he simply went from one to the other of us all day long ...” – Jilara of Carrowlea

“Yes ... it's the same Orison of the Golden Sword, the fellow who after a few hours of exposure to the SCA at his first event presumed to tell me that he was going to build a 36" diameter round shield out of 1/4" steel and it would make him invulnerable, then refused to listen to my explanations as to why his theory had 2(exp)n-1 holes in it starting with inertia and moving on from there.
     “Undoubtedly he was the same person who 'annoyed' you, Carol, Dierdriana, Patrice, Megan, Kriemhild and every other woman at that (or any other) event who had an IQ above room temperature (read = every woman and most girl children [the rest were asleep or nursing]) present. I don't believe he was cloned or had learned teleportation, he simply had a personal annoyance aura that had a minimum coverage of approximately 1 acre. (While females wanted to run off and bathe in Lysol, males had to fight down the urge to punch his lights out simply to shut him up). Please forgive the sarcasm, but I was his Baron and had to cope with him nearly daily. All aside, he was a pretty good archer and a damn' fine leather worker, but I think the Karmic balance never came close to even.
     “(To quote Patrice [based on a real event] "when someone knocks on your door, confirms your identity then proceeds to kick the bloody Hell out of you, you might figure out that you had annoyed someone"). Honest, it was a mundane event, no one from Golden Rivers had anything to do with it.?” – Kevin Peregrynne
“I wonder if there's a special place in the SCA for stories like Orisin? People who are just so over-the-top that they have gone down in legend? It's like how anyone who has ever seen Orisin's Tacky Patchwork Tunic has never forgotten it. (It's apparently still holding together, too, being made entirely out of indestructible polyester.)
     “I think my favorite was at Purgatorio in Eureka. Was it A.S. XV? He frantically came into my camp and everyone else's asking for a stick or fire poker or something, because he'd dropped his camera down the privy. "It's NOT funny!" he admonished, as we all were literally rolling around the carpet in laughter. I think it was Kevin who was walking by and commented "This just goes to show that there really is a god ..."
     “Maybe folks like Orisin are part of the "unofficial history." – Jilara of Carrowlea
“I think people like this are part of the "official" SCA story; any group such as Science Fiction fandom, or media fandom, or the SCA, that tolerates the extra-weird ones, will get them. So they become part of the story. We all knew at least one of this type, and frankly I found this story you told here far more interesting than run-on discussion of who bashed whom with what and where. (Nothing personal, guys -- you always knew I felt that way).” – Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani
“June Crown had an interesting portent for myself. On Sunday morning, I wandered over to see Olaf the Maedi-Ogre (who holds the position of having been the first person I ever spoke to at an SCA event, and is still a good friend, despite decades of rumors of his ongoing eminent demise). I talked to some of the Rieslingers I knew, and Gladi di Atori came over and handed me "constabulary coffee" (coffee with a healthy shot of amaretto). While he had me hooked, he said "Raise your right hand." Okay... "I hereby swear you in as a deputy constable." Stops, yells over "Hey Olaf, I got you a new deputy!" I believe the recruiting tactics are similar to those used by the British army, when they give you a mug of ale with a schilling stuck to the bottom of it ... Little did I know that a few years down the road, I'd have the job Olaf had ...” – Jilara of Carrowlea

[Morning court began with presentations. Mistress Fiona Gregorovna (Natalya de Foix) called up Dukes Andrew of Riga and Henrik of Havn and presented them with T-shirts bearing the inscription in diffraction grating letters "DISCO DUKE."] “As I recall, the "Disco Duke" business was inspired by the novelty song "Disco Duck" that was all the rage at that time ...” – Brian Dritar an Con

“Also due to the fact that they both disco'd at Baroness Mo's wedding in San Diego--in front of probably 50 of their most 'discrete' friends. One of the wonder bread girls, in particular, liked the nicknames, and for a while, both Henrik and Andrew had to live through the use of 'Disco Duke'.” – Jason Griffiths of Shadowhyrst

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.

Annotations, when they are added, are from The Annotated History of the West, Volume 1, which is the same text as Master Wilhelm's mentioned above, with commentary from members of the SCA who were active at the time of the event, and are added to help clarify questions and expand on what happened and why. This volume is copyright © Ken Mayer (Hirsch von Henford).

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